Thursday, May 31st, 2018

A male Redstart was on the clifftop in the fog above the Yacht Club and a male wheatear was on Carr Naze, while a Wood Sandpiper (the year’s first) was on Carr Naze Pond in the evening. A Garden Warbler was in Top Scrub, and two Ringed Plovers, a Purple Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Dunlin and a Common Gull were on the Brigg.

Wood Sandpiper, Carr Naze Pond (Nigel Webster)

Yesterday (30th), a Pied Flycatcher and a Redstart were fresh in on Carr Naze, a Spotted Flycatcher was in Top Scrub, and single Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover were at the Dams, and three Purple Sandpipers, a Wheatear and a Redstart were on the Brigg.   On 29th, a Garden Warbler was in Top Scrub, a Whimbrel overflew Gristhorpe Bay. On 28th, three Roseate Terns went north, a single Corn Bunting was at Gristhorpe Bay, and a Spotted Flycatcher was in Top Scrub.  

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Unfortunately still quiet over recent days, with very few migrants of note. Today, a Whinchat was fresh in on Carr Naze, Wheatears were there and at Gristhorpe Bay, a Snipe was by Short Hedge and a Garden Warbler was in Arndale. Otherwise, the few notable reports recieved were as follows:

On 19th, two adult Med Gulls over East Lea; 20th, a Spotted Flycatcher in Parish Wood; on 23rd, 26 Manx Shearwaters and five Whimbrel north on the seawatch (with single figures of Manxies on other dates); on 25th, three Goosander off the Brigg and a Wheatear on Carr Naze; and on 26th, an acredula Willow Warbler among a small arrival of commoner warblers in Top Scrub.

Whinchat, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Otherwise, the Dams has held up to four Ringed Plovers, a semi-resident Little Ringed Plover, up to two Common Sandpipers and regular single Yellow Wagtails.  

Friday, May 18th, 2018

A quiet few days of high pressure and generally settled conditions. Today, two Eiders and a Red-breasted Merganser were in the bay corner, and single Greenshank and Little Ringed Plover were at the Dams. A Cuckoo was at the Tip on 14th and 15th, while on 13th, a Long-eared Owl was trapped in Top Scrub, a Little Tern was in the bay, two Common Sandpipers werea at the Dams and 117 Gannets and 327 Herring Gulls were feeding on a baitball off the Brigg. 

Cuckoo, Tip (Ian Robinson)

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

A busier day locally with a Marsh Harrier and two Yellow Wagtails over Top Scrub, a Hobby over Primrose Valley, a pair of Garganey, five Little Terns and 294 Sandwich Terns south at the Brigg, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Red-breasted Merganser north there, and five acredula-type Willow Warblers and a Reed Warbler among a good cast of arrival trapped and ringed in Top Scrub. 

10th saw single Whimbrel and Wheatear on Carr naze, while on 9th a minimum of three Hobbys were in the area as well as the first double figure count of Swifts (over the town), two Wheatears on Carr Naze, and a Yellow Wagtail and a four-spotted Chaser at the Tip. 

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Kestrel, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

The quiet, blue-skied warm period continues, with a Tree Pipit briefly in Top Scrub this morning the pick of today’s sightings, where there were five Large Red Damselflies. On 5th, a Firecrest in Top Scrub was the fourth or fifth of the spring (an unusually high return), while 320 Herring Gulls were on the Brigg and a Red-breasted Merganser and a Whimbrel went south at the Gap, where there was also a single Wheatear. 

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Hen Harrier, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

Today’s highlight was a female Hen Harrier which moved swiftly north and out across the sea at Gristhorpe Bay. Other notable records included a Tree Pipit which overflew the Tip, a Little Tern north, four Wheatears on Carr Naze and two Purple Sandpipers on the Brigg, while the Dams hosted a Little Ringed Plover, a late Redwing, several Swifts, two singing Reed Warblers and a Common Sandpiper (with another at East Lea). Good numbers of Common Whitethroats arrived across the area, while a Sedge Warbler was at Cawthorne Pond.

Yesterday, a tundrae-type Ringed plover was at East Lea, two White Wagtails and a Wheatear were on Carr Naze (where two Swifts and 35 Swallows went through), and a late peak of 312 Meadow Pipits went north at the Gap, where a Little Egret, two Swifts and two Yellow Wagtails did likewise.  

Hen Harrier, Gristhorpe Bay (Mark Pearson)

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

A Great Northern Diver and a Little Tern went north on this morning’s seawatch, while Common Sandpipers were at the Dams (two) and East Lea (two), with both White and Yellow Wagtails at the latter site and two singng Reed Warblers at the former, and three Wheatears on Carr Naze. 

Mute Swans in this morning’s downpour at East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday’s (1st) highlight was undoubtedly the Hawfinch which went north-west at East Lea in the late afternoon, while the Grasshopper Warbler continued at the Tip, where there were also two Snipe. At the Gap, a slight improvement on recent mornings included 205 Linnets, four Whimbrels and four Yellow Wagtails all north.